Pre-Order The Alcatraz Escape and Receive a Gift!

On May 1, 2018, the third book in the Book Scavenger series, The Alcatraz Escape, will be available in bookstores and libraries near you in the United States. To celebrate, I’m partnering with the talented folks at Curious City DPW to create a super cool Book Scavenger map that will highlight some of my favorite locations featured in Book Scavenger, The Unbreakable Code, and The Alcatraz Escape. If you pre-order a copy of The Alcatraz Escape and email your proof of purchase and mailing address to by April 30, I will send you a signed map as a thank you!… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Tara Dairman

Joining us today for Creative Spaces is my friend and one of my favorite funny writers, Tara Dairman. The third and final book in her All Four Stars series publishes this month, and to celebrate her publisher is giving away a complete set of the series! Congratulations to Sarah Irwin, the winner of the prize!   Tara Dairman is the author of the middle-grade foodie novel All Four Stars (Putnam/Penguin) which was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month and won a 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. The Stars of Summer followed in 2015, and Stars So Sweet (7/19/16) completes the series.… Read the rest

Shiny New Website and Giveaway!

If you are reading this somewhere other than, please hop on over to the website to check out the new and improved spruced up look! You’ll also find some new content as well–more bio info, a collected grouping of interviews, school visit info, upcoming events . . . And I hope to add more useful bits over time as well. A huge thank you to Jenny Medford of Websy Daisy, who is awesome to work with. She also designed the Book Scavenger website, which you should totally check out if you haven’t already. 😉 GIVEAWAY! To celebrate the new website, I’m giving away a signed copy of Book Scavenger to one newsletter subscriber (US and Canada only).… Read the rest

A Peek at the Creative Space of Rachel Rodriguez (and another giveaway!)

Happy Monday morning, everyone! Today we’re getting a tour of the workspace of my friend Rachel Rodriguez. Rachel is the author of two picture books: Through Georgia’s Eyes, a biography of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi, a biography of the Spanish architect. They are beautiful books, both illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Rachel tells the story of these artists’ lives with a poetic voice and strong imagery. Listen to this: “For a time, Georgia lives in the city. She walks through canyons of concrete. She misses the outdoor world. The sun steals a bite from a skyscraper.”… Read the rest

RubyPheonix, Come On Down!

Congratulations RubyPheonix! You’re the winner of the raffle for a signed copy of By the Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters. Please email me at fromthemixedupfiles (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address and who you would like Julie Anne Peters to inscribe the book to, and we’ll get your prize out to you as soon as possible!… Read the rest